Wheelspin in Halland helps raise vital funds for hospice

A successful team celebrates
A successful team celebrates

Cyclists got their spokes spinning on Sunday and raised £35,000 for the county’s only children’s hospice

More than 300 people swapped a Sunday morning lie in for a challenging bike ride through the Sussex countryside as Chestnut Tree House’s first cycle event got underway.

The event began at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum in Halland with the first riders setting off on their 100km or 60km rides at 7.45am.

Cyclists from across the county and of all ages and abilities took part in the ride, with the first riders returning around 11am.

One rider said: “The event has been organised brilliantly. The route was challenging but manageable and took in some really beautiful parts of the county. It was well signposted which made it really easy to navigate and everyone at the pit stops was fantastic. I really hope you run this again next year, maybe I’ll even take on the 100km!”

Event organiser Kerry O’Neill was pleased with the success of the day. “We have had a brilliant turnout and a fantastic fundraising total.

“We need to raise a staggering £6,850 each day to provide care services both at the hospice and out in families’ own homes, so the amount raised is the equivalent of five days of care and will make a real difference to local life-limited children and families.

“We would like to thank everyone involved in the event, particularly Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum for the use of their grounds, PIE events for sourcing and managing a challenging and enjoyable route.”